Chelsea ready to spend £250m to sign this quartet: Real Madrid & Bayern Munich stars linked with Stamford Bridge transfers

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Chelsea are weighing up bids worth in the region of a combined £250 million for some of the continent’s biggest stars as they aim to make a statement in the transfer market.

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Backed by owner Roman Abramovich, the cash-flush west Londoners have money to spend in the coming windows, and are understood to be targeting a quartet of additions to strengthen their squad ahead of a potential appearance in next season’s Champions League.

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According to reports today, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal, Atalanta’s Franck Kessie and AC Milan’s Diego Lopez have all been shortlisted by Blues officials with a view to potential bids.

Spanish publication MARCA claims that both Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in signing Bale in a deal worth around £172 million. The Welshman has dazzled for Real since his £86m move from Tottenham Hotspur back in 2013, winning two Champions League trophies and the Club World Cup during his time in the Spanish capital.

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Bale recently signed a lucrative contract extension to keep him at the Bernabeu long-term, but this has not deterred the Premier League duo, who are both in need of a pacey forward to add to their ranks.

The La Liga side would no doubt be loath to lose a key player, and so it would take a monumental offer to convince them to sell over the close season.

Chilean midfielder Vidal is another linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in today’s gossip columns, with El Mercurio (via the Telegraph) suggesting that the aggressive ball-winner is a summer target for the Blues.


Valued in the region of £56m by Bayern, the 29-year-old certainly wouldn’t come cheap, but would add depth to a squad that has recently lost John Obi Mikel to the Chinese Super League.

Elsewhere, the Daily star writes that highly-rated Ivorian youngster Kessie has already been the subject of a failed £27m offer from Chelsea chiefs, who are still locked in negotiations with Serie A surprise package Atalanta over the powerful box-to-box midfielder.


Kessie, 20, has enjoyed a stunning breakthrough campaign in Italy and is also wanted by Juventus, Liverpool and Everton, amongst others, after netting seven goals for the Nerazzurri before Christmas.

All indications are that a fee in excess of £30m could tempt Atalanta to sell their prized asset, although such a deal is much more likely to take place in the summer, as Kessie is currently away at the AFCON with his country.


Veteran stopper Lopez, meanwhile, has emerged as a potential replacement for the outgoing Asmir Begovic, who is weighing up a move to Bournemouth. Currently on loan at Espanyol from AC Milan, the 35-year-old Spaniard counts Real Madrid and Sevilla among his former employers and would provide able back-up to Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea are next in action on Saturday, when they face Brentford at home in the FA Cup fourth round.

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